Homelite Chainsaw?

pdwill(z6)August 31, 2010

Just inherited 16" Ranger Homelite,33cc,UT10926,runs well,was told it leaks oil,the person thought it might

be around the chain,any thoughts?no manual,any ideas where I can get one?what oil do I use with gas?,I'm new to chain saws.

thanks for your help.

pdwill

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ewalk

Don't worry about chain oil loss ! Bar Oil is Cheap . Pick up some Quality Oil for your premix and go with 40-1 to start. Once you have got familiar with the saw then start checking how it is operating (spark plug colour). I assume you have some working Knowledge of Small Engines . So just check out the fuel filter and air filter ..etc. I always advise that you run a tank of fuel conditioner through the saw . I like Lucas Products or Duralube , you may have equal Product available within your area . Use them they will help in enhancing the performance of your saw . The last but not least precaution , please ensure to follow Safe Operating Principles . Kick Backs can severely injure or Kill !

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 9:42PM
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loger_gw

Ewalk, You are on top of my suggestions to beginners using chainsaws. Very good info on the sawÂs oil and needs. Most important you touched on the operatorÂs safety. If you have no chainsaw use experience, I would advise you tag along with an experience user on a few trips. I feel lucky to be alive due to what I learned on my own since 1978. Learn to respect maintain and use machinery safely vs taking chances. There is no end as to what can happen. I knew that from other work experiences with machinery. Looking back, itÂs not good to work alone or away from someone knowing/listen to your work, in case of an accident. Loger

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 6:51PM
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evdpgh

"was told it leaks oil,the person thought it might
be around the chain"--I always thought they were supposed to "leak" oil around the chain?
Just to add, I don't know the age of this saw, but a lot of people post about some ancient machine they've got a hold of. They are dangerous. One mishap can cost a hell lot more than a brand new $500. Srihl.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 9:29PM
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loger_gw

Good point about oil leaking on the bar and chain is good but a mess in the case. As far as ancient saws being dangerous, I feel inexperience users are more dangerous from my 70s experience with older saws.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 9:58PM
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ewalk

Pd: Just thought I would follow up on the excellent point Loger made . If at all possible join another experienced friend when 1st starting your saw cutting experience. He can illustrated the Do's and don't of felling and limbing and bucking trees Safely . Also the proper chain sharpening and tensioning techniques.

Note: When ever possible have someone accompany you even your Wife or Daughter . Just for Safety Reason's and have them stand at a safe distance until the cutting is complete. If not available at least go to the Stihl Site and review their Excellent Information Online . Don't forget Hearing Protection & Chaps :)

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 5:32AM
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loger_gw

Judging what a tree or limb will do is hard to predict at times but after many years you will make better decisions. In many cases you will know the trees should be left to more experience or specialist to drop them. A dropped tree is not the end of any danger just because it's on the ground. Cutting the wrong limb the wrong way on a tree on the ground was my worst lesson (during my first outing alone in1978 w/o a scratch but it could have been very bad). The tree rolled 360 degrees and rolled me 360 with it with the saw running. You better believe I pay close attention to load bearing limbs and the slope of the land from that day. I could tell you at least 10 other harmful situations that I lived through that I did not see any signs of until it was too late. Most of all, I have learned to always have a planned clear path away from the trees (standing or on the ground in my under 16 inch dia size range) and they can have the saw. Enough Said! Loger

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 4:49PM
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ewalk

Pd: Bill Walcott or Chainsaw Collector's Corner Site can assist with your Operators or Repair Manual Requirements.

Loger: Yep Static Load within a Fallen Tree can be quite a Dynamic Lesson . Glad you learned a valuable lesson without harm , other than your Pride lol .

Evd: Ancient equipment Chainsaws included should only be operated by knowledgeable People . By this I mean knowledge of the inherent dangers. Yes Older units do not have the Safe Guards of new Saws , Chain Brakes , Low Kick back Chain and Bar Designs..etc. Therefore common sense and experience has to be slowly gained and utilized.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 6:03PM
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